2016 Jungle & Of Monsters and Men SA tour dates announced

Great news music fans! Last week Sowing the Seeds Music & Lifestyle Festival and Seed Experiences announced two incredible international acts, Of Monsters And Men & Jungle as the festival headliners for 2016 edition of the festival.

Since the phenomenal growth of Rocking the Daisies in the Western Cape, Seed Experiences saw the demand from people in Johannesburg who wanted a similar, like-minded music and lifestyle festival in South Africa. The 4th edition of Sowing the Seeds in Johannesburg will be held over one full day and promises to be bigger than ever before, while still maintaining its appealing boutique festival status.

Sowing the Seeds will take place at Emmarentia Dam in Johannesburg on Saturday the 2nd April 2016. The two international acts will also have standalone shows in Cape Town at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens on the 30th of March and 1st of April 2016. Tickets for Sowing the Seeds are priced at R495 per person and tickets for the Cape Town shows will set you back R425 per person.

STS 2016 cover

Of Monsters And Men first (who hail from Keflavík, Iceland) had the world talking in 2011 with their inescapable and infectious quadruple-platinum smash “Little Talks.” An engaging mix of indie, folk, and alternative, the Icelandic quintet’s critically acclaimed full-length debut “My Head Is An Animal” climbed to the top of the Billboard Top 200 chart and has sold over 2 million albums worldwide.

Check out the video for their song, “Little Talks” below:

There is no blueprint to Jungle’s irresistible, life-enhancing, report-to-the-dancefloor sound but there are many ingredients. It’s P-Funk and ‘Grand Theft Auto’, it’s Curtis Mayfield and ‘Tron’, it’s the Beach Boys and Joy Division and Marvin Gaye and Can, all cut up and refracted in a London neighbourhood where anything can happen. And behind the rising buzz – the BBC Sound of 2014 nomination, the 4 millions plus plays of the ‘Platoon’ video, the US tour that sold out on the back of their SXSW appearance before Jungle even had an official record out in America – it’s a DIY story.

Working from their home studio in Shepherd’s Bush in London, the core Jungle duo known only as J and T set out their store long before they came on any label’s radar with a brace of handmade mini-classics. A couple of singles: “The Heat” (with its supple 4 AM soul snap) and “Platoon” (with its ice-cold search-and-destroy beats) – connected 2014 and 1974, London with Rio and New York, the feet with the unconscious mind.

Since then the group have delivered revered performances at festivals such as Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Coachella, Newport Folk Festival, Osheaga, Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds, Pukkelpop and Splendour in the Grass as well as at countless sold out headline shows around the world.

Check out the video for their song, “Time” below:

Tickets for #STS2016 went on sale last week on the Sowing The Seeds website and sales for the stand alone Cape Town shows also went on sale at the same time via Web Tickets.

For more information check out Sowing The Seeds on Facebook or follow @SowingTheSeedSA on Twitter. You can also look out for tweets with the #STS2016 hashtag or join the Facebook Event Page.

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Henno Kruger
Blogger, Desktop Activist, Twitter / Facebook Addict, Music Festival Addict, Avid lover of South African music, Founder and owner of Running Wolf's Rant and co-founder of SA Music Zone
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